(Originally published in March, 2014)
I was trying to cleverly stretch the image of moving care interventions “upstream” all the way to the “headwaters of health.” Then this came across the Web:
Obesity between the ages of 5 and 14 years was more likely to have occurred at younger ages, primarily among children who had entered kindergarten overweight.
So much for healthy headwaters. But then, maybe the actual stream of interventions isn’t where anyone wants to be in the first place. [click to continue…]
“In Washington, DC, during a 1979 congressional briefing, the internationally honored futurist, Clement Bezold, PhD — who 20 years later would become a player in the integrative care movement — had his finger on the pulse. He told the assembled elected officials and their staff that there was a trend taking shape. He called it ‘alternative medicine.’
“Alternative, holistic, complementary, CAM, functional, blended, restorative, root cause, integrative. Something was afoot.”
Something is still very much afoot. [click to continue…]
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments to address illness conditions and to reinforce good health has become so prevalent in the US that the Affordable Care Act includes provisions that direct insurers to cover the work of licensed CAM providers. For many of the nearly 400,000 professionals around the country, the possibility of working in parity in the economics of US healthcare is thrilling. And barely believable.
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